Nanooptics group (CIC2)

Rainer Hillenbrand

Professional experience:
since 02/2008: Ikerbasque Research Professor (Basque Foundation for Science)
since 02/2008: Group Leader (Nanooptics) at CIC nanoGUNE Consolider, Donostia – San Sebastian, Spain.
since 05/2007: Co-Founder of Neaspec GmbH, Martinsried and member of the Board of Directors. The company develops and manufactures scanning near-field optical microscopes.
05/2009: Visiting Professor at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
10-12/2005 10-12/2006: Visiting professor in the group of Prof. L. Novotny, The Institute of Optics, Rochester, NY, USA.
02/2003 – 01/2008: Head of the Independent Junior Research Group "Nano-Photonics" at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry.

Postdoctoral training:
2001-2002: Postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried, Germany.

Academic education:
2001: PhD from the Technische Universität München for research and development in optical near-field microscopy.
1998-2001: PhD-student at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried.
1991-1997: Studies in Physics at the Universität Augsburg.

2002: Prizewinner of the "Young Scientist Competition in Nanotechnology 2002", awarded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF).
2002: 3. prize of the "IKuh"-award, awarded by the "IVG – Businesspark vor München" for applied nanosciences.

Publications before 2009:


33. A.J. Huber, F. Keilmann, J. Wittborn, J. Aizpurua, R. Hillenbrand
“THz near-field nanoscopy of mobile carriers in single semiconductor nanodevices”
Nano Lett. 8, 3766 (2008)
[highlighted in Nature 456, 454 (2008)]

32. A.J. Huber, B. Deutsch, L. Novotny, R. Hillenbrand
“Focusing of surface phonon polaritons”
Appl. Phys. Lett., 92, 203104 (2008)

31. A.J. Huber, N. Ocelic, R. Hillenbrand
“Local excitation and interference of surface phonon polaritons studied by near-field infrared microscopy”
J. Microsc. 229, 389 (2008)

30. J. Aizpurua, T. Taubner, F.J. Garcia de Abajo, M. Brehm , R Hillenbrand
“Substrate-enhanced infrared near-field spectroscopy”
Opt. Expr. 16, 1529 (2008)

29. B. Deutsch, R. Hillenbrand, L. Novotny
“Near-field amplitude and phase recovery using phase-shifting interferometry”
Opt. Expr. 16, 494 (2008)


28. A. Cvitkovic, N. Ocelic, R. Hillenbrand
“Material-specific infrared recognition of single sub-10nm particles by substrate-enhanced scattering-type near-field microscopy”
Nano Lett. 7, 3177-3181 (2007)
[highlighted in Nature Photon. 1, 609 (2007)]

27. A.J. Huber, D. Kazantsev, F. Keilmann, J. Wittborn, R. Hillenbrand
“Simultaneous infrared material recognition and conductivity mapping by nanoscale near-field microscopy”
Adv. Mater. 19, 2209 (2007)

26. A. Cvitkovic, N. Ocelic, R. Hillenbrand
“Analytical model for quantitative prediction of material contrasts in scattering-type near-field optical microscopy”
Optics Expr. 15, 8550 (2007)

25. T. Rindzevicius, Y. Alaverdyan, B. Sepulveda, T. Pakizeh, M. Käll, R. Hillenbrand, J. Aizpurua, F.J. García de Abajo
“Nanohole Plasmons in Optically Thin Gold Films”
J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 1207 (2007)


24. T. Taubner, D. Korobkin, Y. Urzhumov, G. Shvets, R. Hillenbrand
“Near-field microscopy through a SiC superlens”
Science 313, 1595 (2006)

23. N. Ocelic, A.J. Huber, R. Hillenbrand
“Pseudo-heterodyne detection for background-free near-field spectroscopy”
Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 101124 (2006)

22. A. Cvitkovic, N. Ocelic, J. Aizpurua, R. Guckenberger, R. Hillenbrand
“Infrared imaging of single nanoparticles via strong field enhancement in a scanning nano-gap”
Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 060801 (2006)

21. M. Brehm, T. Taubner, R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann
“Infrared spectroscopic mapping of single nanoparticles and viruses at nanoscale resolution”
Nano Lett. 6, 1307 (2006)

20. A. Huber, N. Ocelic, T. Taubner, and R. Hillenbrand
“Nanoscale resolved infrared probing of crystal structure and of plasmon phonon coupling”
Nano Lett. 6, 774 (2006)


19. T. Taubner, F. Keilmann, and R. Hillenbran:
“Nanoscale-resolved subsurface imaging by scattering-type near-field optical microscopy”
Opt. Expr. 13 8893 (2005)

18. T. Taubner, F. Keilmann, R. Hillenbrand
“Effect of tip modulation on scattering-type near-field optical image contrast”
J. Kor. Phys. Soc. 47, 213 (2005)

17. M. Brehm, H.G. Frey, R. Guckenberger, R. Hillenbrand, D. Kazantsev, F. Keilmann, N. Ocelic, T. Taubner
“Consolidating apertureless SNOM
J. Kor. Phys. Soc. 47, 80 (2005)

16. A.J. Huber, N. Ocelic, D. Kazantsev, R. Hillenbrand
“Near-field imaging of mid-infrared surface phonon polariton propagation”
Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 081103 (2005)

15. J. Renger, S. Grafström, L.M. Eng, R. Hillenbrand
“Resonant light scattering by near-field induced phonon polaritons”
Phys. Rev. B. 71, 075410 (2005)


14. T. Taubner, R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann
“Nanoscale polymer recognition by spectral signature in scattering infrared near-field microscopy”
Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 5064 (2004)

13. D. Häfliger, J. Plitzko, R. Hillenbrand
“Contrast and scattering efficiency of scattering-type near-field optical probes”
Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 4466 (2004)

12. N. Ocelic, R. Hillenbrand
“Subwavelength-scale tailoring of surface phonon polaritons by focused ion beam implantation”
Nature Mater. 3, 606 (2004)

11. T. Taubner, F. Keilmann, R. Hillenbrand
“Nano-mechanical resonance tuning and phase effects in optical near-field interaction”
Nano Lett. 4, 1669 (2004)

10. F. Keilmann, R. Hillenbrand
“Near-field optical microscopy by elastic light scattering from a tip”
Phil. Trans.s R. Soc. Lond. A 362, 787 (2004)

9. R. Hillenbrand
“Towards phonon photonics – scattering-type near-field optical microscopy reveals phonon-enhanced near-field interaction”
Ultramicroscopy 100, 421 (2004)


8. R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann, P. Hanarp, D.S. Sutherland, J. Aizpurua
“Coherent imaging of nanoscale plasmon patterns with a carbon nanotube optical probe”
Appl Phys. Lett. 83, 368 (2003)

7. T. Taubner, R. Hillenbrand und F. Keilmann
“Performance of visible and mid-infrared scattering-type near-field optical microscopes”
J. Microsc. 210, 311 (2003)


6. R. Hillenbrand, T. Taubner, F. Keilmann
“Phonon-enhanced light-matter interaction at the nanometre scale”
Nature 418, 159 (2002)

5. R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann
“Material-specific mapping of metal/semiconductor/dielectric nanosystems at 10 nm resolution by back-scattering near-field optical microscopy”
Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 25 (2002)


4. R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann
“Optical oscillation modes of plasmon particles observed in direct space by phase-contrast near-field microscopy”
Appl. Phys. B 73, 239 (2001)

3. R. Hillenbrand, B. Knoll and F. Keilmann
“Pure optical contrast in scattering-type SNOM
J. Microsc. 202, 77 (2001)


2. R. Hillenbrand, F. Keilmann
“Complex optical constants on a subwavelength scale”
Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3029 (2000)

1. R. Hillenbrand, M. Stark, R. Guckenberger
“Higher-harmonics generation in tapping-mode atomic-force microscopy: Insights into the tip-sample interaction”
Appl. Phys. Lett. 76, 3478 (2000)
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